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Need to Know: Do the Giants play to win vs. the Redskins?

Need to Know: Do the Giants play to win vs. the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 28, four days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

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Today's schedule: Practice 10:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, player availability after practice approx. 11:45

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 4; Wild card playoff round starts 10; Division playoff round start 17

Injuries of note:
S Whitner (quad), C Long (ankle), CB Dunbar (concussion), TE Reed (shoulder), WR Jackson (jaw), RB Kelley (knee), LB Cravens (upper arm)
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First look at Redskins vs. Giants

Do they play to win the game? Ben McAdoo will say the Giants are going to play to win. So will all of the players. But that may not necessarily be the case. How long does Eli Manning play? And the offensive line has been banged up a lot this year. If McAdoo wants to rest some O-linemen will he keep Eli in? Will the score determine if/when he starts sending backups? There will be some talk but we won’t really know until the game starts unfolding on Sunday.

Eli takes a step back: One of the reasons why the Giants hired McAdoo to be their coach is that Manning’s experienced a career revival when McAdoo came in as Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator in 2014. Eli’s numbers aren’t back to where they were pre-McAdoo but compared to last year he is down in touchdowns, yards per attempt, and passer rating and up in interceptions. Hmmm, maybe the Redskins are hoping that he does play the whole game.

Norman vs. Beckham 3: I’m not sure how big a deal Norman vs. Beckham is going to be this time around. There weren’t much fireworks during the Week 3 game in the Meadowlands and, of course, the Redskins have far more important things on their minds than any sort of individual matchup. Also, if McAdoo senses that Beckham is getting rattled he can sit him out for a series or two or just give him the rest of the day off. The matchup will get some play but there are far more important matters at hand.

Leaders: Passing, Manning 3,847 yards; Rushing, Rashad Jennings 541 yards; Receiving Beckham 96 rec., 1323 yds., 10 TD; Interceptions, Landon Collins 5; Sacks Olivier Vernon 8.5

Three and out: The Giants defense is the polar opposite of the Redskins D in one important aspect—they are first in the NFL in both red zone defense and goal to go defense . . . The time to get to the Giants is early. They have been outscored 88-51 in the first quarter but they have an scoring edge in the other three periods . . . In addition to throwing 16 interceptions Manning has lost four fumbles.

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Trent Williams rumor emerges from Cleveland but Redskins sources say nothing imminent

Trent Williams rumor emerges from Cleveland but Redskins sources say nothing imminent

A report emerged that Washington left tackle Trent Williams could land on the Browns roster in the coming days, but sources close to the Redskins front office told NBC Sports Washington that no move was imminent, though a trade with Cleveland was not ruled out.

Williams has not reported to the Redskins this year, holding out for both contract issues and personal issues. At least three teams contacted the Redskins about a possible Williams trade during training camp, sources told NBC Sports Washington, but the team did not engage in trade talks then.

Many with the Washington organization believed Williams would show up once regular season games started. He didn’t and based on his Instagram feed doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to coming back to the Redskins.

At 1-5, it makes total sense for Washington to move on from Williams. The team should get as much as they possibly can rather than continue with the sideshow of his holdout.

Redskins President Bruce Allen has said repeatedly he doesn’t plan on trading Williams, but things can always change. After a coaching change last week, perhaps the organization has changed its stance, too.

The deadline to complete trades in the NFL comes at 4 p.m. on October 29th. Sometime between now and then it seems possible Williams might be on a new team.

There was chatter, however, that other teams were scared off about Williams wanting a new contract. His current deal has two years remaining at more than $12 million per season, though barely any of that cash is guaranteed.

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 7

Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 7

Week 6 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 7.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs  
Opponent: at Broncos
2019 Stats: 32 Receptions, 497 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 87.7 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 1   

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers  
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 31 Receptions, 338 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 72.6 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 2: High-end TE1's3.  

3. Evan Engram, New York Giants  
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 373 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 82.8 PTS, 2019 TE4 
Previous Ranking: 3    

4. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons  
Opponent: vs. Rams
2019 Stats: 42 Receptions, 480 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110 PTS, 2019 TE1
Previous Ranking: 6  

5. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles  
Opponent: at Cowboys 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 373 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 82.8 PTS, 2019 TE5
Previous Ranking: 2  

6. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: at Packers 
2019 Stats: 37 Receptions, 359 Receiving YDS, 73.6 PTS, 2019 TE7
Previous Ranking: Bye

7. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: at Titans
2019 Stats: 12 Receptions, 160 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 2019 TE19
Previous Ranking: 9  

8. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens  
Opponent: at Seahawks
2019 Stats: 34 Receptions, 410 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 91 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 4  

TIER 4: Low-end TE1's  

9. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans  
Opponent: vs. Chargers 
2019 Stats: 21 Receptions, 215 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 54.5 PTS, 2019 TE11
Previous Ranking: 10

10. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: 14 Receptions, 128 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 32.8 PTS, 2019 TE25 
Previous Ranking: Bye

11. Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
Opponent: vs. Dolphins
Previous Ranking: Bye

12. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints  
Opponent: at Bears
Previous Ranking: 12  

TIER 5: High-end TE2s  

13. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys  
Opponent: vs. Eagles  
Previous Ranking: 13  

14. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams  
Opponent: at Falcons
Previous Ranking: 14  

15. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions  
Opponent: vs. Vikings
Previous Ranking: 15  

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Running Back Rankings: Week 7
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7
Tight End Rankings: Week 7